About Bodhi Tree

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Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre was founded in 2006 by Venerable Pannyavaro (Pannya) an Australian monk of over 30 years service.

Pannyavaro spent many years studying and practicing in Burma and Sri Lanka and received higher ordination in the Thai tradition. He is better known as the founder and webmaster of the websites:, World Buddhist Directory: Buddhist eLibrary:

At Bodhi Tree we are working on developing a meditation community to serve both lay and monastic practitioners on ninety-five acres of beautiful land at Tullera ten minutes from Lismore in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia. This land has been purchased as a sanctuary and hermitage – known as Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre.


Bodhi Tree Retreat Complex Approved!

Please watch this video showing an artists impression of how the Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Community Retreat Complex will look when it is finished Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery & Retreat Complex from bodhitree on Vimeo. Our good news is that after a prolonged process we have been granted permission by the local authority to build a Vipassana retreat complex at Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Community Retreat Centre! Over seven years, having developed the infrastructure and monastery base we can now go ahead with the construction of retreat facilities for forty-five meditators at a time from around Australia and Internationally.

Retreat Schedule

Click on this link for a  series of talks on Vipassana Meditation, by Ven Pannyavaro:

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Ven. Pannyavaro

The next Mindfulness Meditation Workshop will be held in Cairns, Queensland in September. Notice will be posted of the next Workshop here in Bodhi Tree.

Venerable Pannyavaro (Pannya), the resident Australian monk, is giving a series of Mindfulness Meditation Workshops at Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery, located at Tullera, 10 minutes from Lismore Northern New South Wales.

There will be instructions on the basics of Insight meditation, i.e. sitting, walking and awareness during one’s daily activities. Emphasis will be on applying this knowledge, together with practical strategies, to both the intensive retreat practice situation and integration it into your everyday life.

If already experienced, this retreat can benefit you by providing an opportunity to work through with the teacher any difficulties or to clarify any questions regarding your meditation practice. So this will be opportunities to receive feedback on your practice from the teacher in a supportive environment.

The retreat should increase your confidence and ability to self-manage and further develop your practice, particularly when applying these meditation skills to daily life.

A vegetarian meals will be provided. No charge is made for the retreat however a donation towards costs is appreciated.

Please make a booking by filling in the Booking Form below  . . .
If you’re not comfortable with the forms – book by phone: 02-6628 2426



Regular Wednesday Evenings Meditation with (Q & R )
Good Questions and Good Responses 

Between 6:00 to 7:00 pm
All are welcome!


with Ven. Pannyavaro at Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery

Meditation InterviewTo people who have or are willing to make a commitment to the practice of Satipatthana Vipassana in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition, mindfulness meditation mentoring is being offered by Ven. Pannyavaro (Pannya), the Abbot and resident teacher at Bodhi Tree.

Selective students will be taken on with personal instruction and mentoring on a one-to-one basis. To qualify for this unique experience one must be prepared to follow instruction and be unreservedly committed to the practice over the long term.

The decision as to who will be accepted will be made by the teacher who has been a Vipassana practitioner since 1974, having studied and undertaken long periods of intensive practice with teachers in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition in Myanmar.

Potential students who are interested can contact Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre, located at Tullera, 10 minutes from Lismore, and make an appointment either by phone: (02) 6628 2426 or e-mail:

Book and CD on Vipassana Retreat
The book “The Vipassana Retreat” with an audio CD, by Ven. Pannyavaro
is available by donation from


For all retreats and workshops: please read the Course Information and download the Booking Form below and either e-mail the form to or post it to Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery 78 Bentley Road, Tullera via Lismore NSW 2480.

 PDF (195 KB) Retreatant Booking Form
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 Word Doc: (72 KB) Retreatant Booking Form
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 PDF (195 KB) Retreatant_Course_Information
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Word Doc: (72 KB) Retreatant Course _Information
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No charge is made for Bodhi Tree Retreats and Workshops. The cost is covered by donations or Dana.

PDF (399 KB) Map with Directions to Bodhi Tree
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We ask you, as a member of the larger national and international Buddhist community for your financial help
toward finishing the development of Bodhi Tree Monastery.


Volunteer Positions Vacant

Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery (located 10 minutes from Lismore, NSW) is seeking three lay supporters to help with administrative and general operations of the Centre.In return, volunteers will be offered free accommodation in a peaceful and natural setting, conducive for meditation practice. Please note: anyone applying for either role must attend the 6:00 am – 7:00 am group meditation practice sit.